Opposition parties threating to boycott Jordaan’s inauguration

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 27, 2015

The United Democratic Movement (UDM), Congress of the People (COPE) and Democratic Alliance (DA) have indicated that its members plan on boycotting tomorrow’s inauguration of South African Football Association (SAFA) boss Danny Jordaan as Nelson Mandela Bay’s new Executive Mayor, citing his refusal to vacate the position of the sporting body’s head as the main reason.

“We are not supporting Danny Jordaan for mayor [as he] has a full time job at SAFA. You appoint him as an executive mayor in the metro, it's a full time job, specifically in the metro that is collapsing,” the UDM’s Mongameli Bobane told radio station Algoa FM.

Jordaan, who set to become the embattled municipality’s fourth mayor in six years, was officially sworn-in as a councillor last Friday.

Speaking at the same event, COPE councillor, Khwezi Ntshanyana, described the SAFA boss’ appointment “as an attack on [a] constitutional democracy” before accusing the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of failing to inform opposition parties and stakeholders about their nomination of Jordaan as replacement for former mayor Benson Fihla.

On Sunday, CityPress reported that a number of ANC councillors, dissatisfied with Jordaan’s recommendation, had threatened not to attend the event, which would result in the partly losing its slight five seat majority and force the inauguration to be cancelled.

“There are 120 councillors in Nelson Mandela Bay and therefore at least 61 councillors must vote for a mayoral candidate,” DA Causes Leader Retief Odendaal told the station.

“We believe that the ANC will not be able to achieve those numbers given the fact that they only represent 51% of the seats in the Nelson Mandela Bay council”.